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The Labor Department reported Oct. 14, that the monthly increase in its producer price index, which measures inflationary pressures before they reach consumers, was 0.5 percent for September compared to a 0.7 percent gain in August. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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The jump in inflation this year reflects higher prices for food and energy and a number of other items from furniture to autos as the pandemic has snarled supply chains and demand has outstripped supply.

By By Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press October 14, 2021